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cheezi git
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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2004 08:51      Profile for cheezi git     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ok, so my lovely pile-o-shit lap top crashed last week, and i lost all the stuff i'd worked on in the 2 weeks since i last backed stuff up.

there's probably a whole load of crap on hard drive, since now i don't have any software that's protecting it all sorts of weird stuff is happening, like popups every 30 seconds, can't download anything, printer doesn't work etc.

so finished whining.

here's the question: how do i blank the c drive, without damaging it? i've tried formatting in the command line, but it won't let me.

any ideas (apart from putting it next to the magnetic plate in my head)

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2004 08:57      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Take that Knoppix disc I gave you, and boot the laptop up to it [Smile] . Then, do the following:
# wipe /dev/hda

[Wait *many* hours]
Then for good measure, as I found 'wipe' didn't work entirely to my satisfaction:

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
[That will write a nice little '0' to every spot the the HD]

And if you're really paranoid, follow that up with:
# dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/hda
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda

P.S. You may want to actually use Knoppix to recover any data you haven't backed up yet, *before* nuking the HD [Wink] . I mean, if you're in GUI mode, just click on the HD icons that show up on the desktop [Smile] . Also, to run these commands, you'll need to be root - you can do this many ways in Knoppix:
a. K Menu -> KNOPPIX -> Root shell
b. From a konsole, type `su` and I don't think it'll even ask for a password
c. Use one of the ttys (1-4), getting there via CTRL-ALT-F1 [or F2-F4]
d. Just do what I do, and boot up with `knoppix 2` at the first boot prompt [Big Grin] .

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cheezi git
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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2004 09:40      Profile for cheezi git     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Take that Knoppix disc I gave you, and boot the laptop up to it [Smile] . Then, do the following:

thanks dman that's brilliant!

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 30, 2004 07:34      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by cheezi git:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Take that Knoppix disc I gave you, and boot the laptop up to it [Smile] . Then, do the following:

thanks dman that's brilliant!
Sure beats paying $30 for something like this

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csk

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Icon 1 posted April 30, 2004 07:44      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Superscrubber? Wasn't that the nickname they gave to that Aussie hooker who Beckham supposedly slept with [Wink]

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6 weeks to go!

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